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Mobile Magic

The second presentation at our first Magic Monday “Pedagogy Picnic” was by Michael Caygill following his experimentation with the use of QR codes in Science.

Mobile Magic title slide

Michael began by outlining exactly what a QR code is…

Mobile Magic what is a QR code?

before explaining how to install a QR code reader on your mobile phone or tablet.

Mobile Magic how do you use QR codes?

He recommended the www.qrstuff.com website for creating QR codes

Mobile Magic QR code website

…before sharing some specific examples he has been trialling in his Science lessons, for example this student worksheet on corrosion, which contained QR codes that linked to wikis and particular pages on the  BBC bitesize science website…

Mobile Magic QR code corrosion worksheet

…this worksheet, which linked to ideas about chemical reactions…

Mobile Magic QR code chemical reactions

…and finally this example, which linked to information on chemical bonding.

Mobile Magic QR codes bonding

As well as using QR codes as a source of information during lessons, Michael shared how he has also been experimenting with their use when providing written feedback to his students.  Shown below are two examples of how he used them to provide further support for students to complete their improvements following his feedback.

Mobile Magic QR codes response to feedback

Notice that in both cases, references to further reading in text books and web references are provided, making the use of a QR reader non-essential.

Mobile Magic QR codes response to feedback 2

So, if you fancy giving QR codes a go or would like a bit more info Michael would be more than happy to support you with this.

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Magic Mondays

Magic Monday #1

Magic Mondays are a core part of our “10 in 10” vision and our sharpening of focus to ensure that pedagogy is at the heart of our work in school.

We have already recognised that the capacity for meaningful professional development exists within our school, amongst our staff and the need to find better ways to reflect on and share the great practice that is already happening.  Magic Mondays are a direct response to this need.

Magic Mondays are scheduled to happen once every Half Term during lunchtime and after school.  Participation and attendance is entirely voluntary, with teaching staff offering 7 minute presentations during lunchtime at our “Pedagogy Picnics” or 12 minute workshops after school at our “Workshops Of Wonder“.  Initially there will be 3 x 7 minute presentations at lunchtime, with 3 x 12 minute workshops after school.

The choice of venue has been very deliberate as part of an effort to reinforce them as places at the heart of our school.  Pedagogy Picnics will be held in the staff room and offer the chance for staff to meet, eat, sit down and have a drink together as well as hear some great ideas they might like to try from colleagues.  Our Workshops Of Wonder will be held in our Learning Resource Centre – a room that sits geographically at the heart of our school and one that is already an established “hub of learning” as well as being home to our staff work room.

The initial response for a smaller than average school like ours has been overwhelming.  We have seen no shortage of volunteers wanting to showcase their ideas.  In addition to the 30 staff who have already confirmed their attendance at the Pedagogy Picnic, even more are expected to attend the Workshops Of Wonder after school.  With 19 staff already offering to give presentations or run workshops for our second Magic Monday in January it looks like we are set for a great Christmas and an exciting start to the New Year!